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Artists’ Virtual Coffee Morning: First Fortnight Edition 7 Jan 2022

Join us for a special January virtual coffee morning focusing on artists’ wellbeing, in partnership with First Fortnight.

At this dark time of year, if you are an artist interested in working with children, grab yourself a soothing hot drink and pop into our relaxed online get-together for informal chats and an opportunity to meet other like-minded artists as well as some of The Ark and First Fortnight teams.

Though life is opening up and live arts are slowly returning, challenges undoubtedly remain. These online coffee mornings have proved supportive for many artists around the country to stay connected over the past while. So we’re staying online in order to continue to give artists a chance to connect and meet with others regardless of their location.

We are delighted to have Selma Daniel as our guest speaker at this event. Selma is an Associate Dance Artist with Solstice Arts Centre, with over 20 years’ experience in dance performance, choreography and education.

We welcome all artists, whether you are new to work with children or just curious, as well as those of you with more experience working with this unique audience.

As there is a limit to the number of places on a video call we are asking you to register. We promise it is really quick and simple!

Please register here.

Once you have successfully registered, we will email you a link to a Zoom call on the morning of the event. Please be advised you may need to install the Zoom app in advance which can be downloaded here.

Selma Daniel

Selma Daniel

Selma Daniel is an Associate Dance Artist with Solstice Arts Centre, with over 20 years’ experience in dance performance, choreography and education.

As a choreographer Selma has toured her work nationally and internationally and produced short dance films which have been screened as part of Light Moves Festival of Screendance and Dunamaise Dance Platform. In 2022 Selma will choreograph for the new work of Traditional Theatre/Music Company for young audience Ceol Connected as well as finalise her YPCE Bursary Award 2021, which will culminate in a sharing of the work in progress at Solstice in Navan and in Galway.

Selma’s recent productions include: Paper Plane (Oct 2021 premiere), about family diversity for young audiences supported by the Arts Council of Ireland's YPCE Project Award 2020 and OutWall (Sept 2021 premiere), a dance piece for public spaces that investigates self-isolation and architecture. OutWall premiered as part of Culture Night, presented by Meath County Council Arts Office under the Local Live Performance Scheme in association with Solstice Arts Centre.

In 2019 Selma founded LittleLion Dance Theatre company which produced a Dance Theatre show (A-do-le-TA!) for young audiences supported by the Arts Council Project Award 2019. AdoleTA! was further developed for a screen format and toured in Shanghai International Children's Festival, China in 2021 as well as in Festivals and schools around Ireland. This tour was a co-production with Solstice and funded by Culture Ireland.

As a performer, Selma has performed her solo Inside Things for Creating Spaces (Dance Theatre of Ireland), New Movements (Dance Ireland), Fusion Platform, (Imagine Festival, Waterford, Ireland), Mamuska night (I.F. O.N.L.Y. Festival) and An Damhsa: Laois Dance Platform. In 2010, Selma was commissioned by Maximum Exposure Festival, to create a site specific dance solo named ‘A Toast’.

Selma’s performer/collaborations credits include PolkaDot and Project 101 with Myriad Dance Company for young audiences which toured in schools and theaters around Co. Wexford and Co. Wicklow and Midlands; Scape from the Dead Zoo choreographed by Monika Biernak as part of ABSOLUT Fringe 2010.

Selma holds an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance from University of Limerick.
As an educator, Selma has been developing workshops specially tailored for families and children of all ages and for childcare facilitators. She has facilitated dance workshops for Cruinniú na nÓg, Kaleidoskope Family Festival, The Ark, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board Station Road, Solstice Artes Centre and preschools around Kildare, Meath and Dublin areas. Selma is also part of the Brazilian Mother's association in Ireland (AMBI) and is involved in various events with them, hosting Afro-Brazilian Dance Workshops for children. AMBI in partnership with the Department of Justice and Equality, had created the project 'Brazil in Your School', it is a series of workshops that take place in Dublin schools to promote Brazilian culture and also intercultural relations through art and sports.

The Ark runs free coffee mornings for artists several times a year so please feel free to come along to another one if you can’t make it this time.